Friday 18 January 2019

Stamps to mark anniversary of JFK visit will feature New Ross

President John F Kennedy greeting the crowd on June 27, 1963, in New Ross.
President John F Kennedy greeting the crowd on June 27, 1963, in New Ross.

TWO STAMPS to honour the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy homecoming visit to Ireland and the US President's tragic death are to be issued by An Post in 2013.

An Post has received government approval for its stamp collection for 2013, which includes these two commemorative stamps to mark the historic occasion.

This move, which is billed as a 'quick, easy and cheap way' of getting New Ross to a worldwide audience, follows local lobbying initiated last autumn by Cllr Michael Sheehan, who despite the deadline having passed, contacted An Post saying the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's visit is ' too important' to let pass without a fitting commemoration.

A call was then issued to the public to help in lobbying the organisation further to issue a stamp for the anniversary of JFK'S Presidency and visit to Ireland in 1963.

' The link with New Ross will be clearly laid out,' said Cllr Sheehan.

'Not only has one stamp been selected but two – one to celebrate the homecoming, which has to be about New Ross, and the other to celebrate the anniversary of JFK,' explained Michael, who anticipates that these stamps will be issued in the spring and autumn of 2013.

According to Cllr Sheehan, when these stamps are issued, souvenir collections, commemorative envelopes and programmes will also be launched. The Fianna Fáil councillor said he has also spoken to representatives of the United States Congress to launch a joint issue in conjunction with the An Post Stamp.

' This is huge. It puts the whole concept of 'Kennedy @ 50' out there. This stamp will circulate worldwide and it will bring great pride to New Ross,' said Cllr Sheehan, adding that plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations are already shaping up to be 'something else'.